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N.Y. mother charged with drowning son

HOOSICK FALLS, New York (CNN) -- A mother is charged with murder after the drowning of her 4-year-old son in a bathtub and the attempted drowning of her 5-year-old son early Tuesday, police in upstate New York said.

Christine A. Wilhelm, 38, was arrested after Hoosick Falls police, responding to a 911 call shortly before 2 a.m. EDT, found Luke Wilhelm, 4, dead in a bathtub full of water, according to a written release by the police department.

Another son, Peter Wilhelm, 5, was treated and released at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, New York, Hoosick Falls Police Chief Clifford Ruschmeyer said. He would not comment on what condition the boy was in when officers arrived at the home.


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Christine Wilhelm was charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree attempted murder.

No bail was allowed at her arraignment Tuesday. Hoosick Town Justice Arthur Harrington ordered her to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. She is being held in Rennselaer County Jail.

The father of the two boys, Kenneth P. Wilhelm, was working a night shift when the crimes occurred.

Hoosick Falls, with a population of 3,000, is in eastern New York state, 23 miles northeast of the state capital, Albany.




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